When you need to get a new pair of shoes, fit and function are all-important. After all, you’ll be in them all day so they need to be comfortable and work for your lifestyle. The same goes for hearing aids. They are different styles out there to suit different levels of hearing loss, as well as different budgets and lifestyles.
Let’s take a look at what’s available today, so you can make an informed decision when you select your hearing aids with the help of your Audiologist:
These are great for anyone with moderate to severe hearing loss and as the name suggests, they fit snugly behind the ear with a clear plastic tube running from here into the ear canal where it connects with the earmold. Users can choose from a range of colors to make their hearing aid blend into the background of their skin or hair or to make a bold statement with a striking color to match their style.
For mild to moderate hearing loss these small, discreet hearing aids are ideal and are easy for first-time users to manage. The part of the hearing aid that detects sounds, namely the receiver, sits within the ear canal, which makes this hearing aid hard to spot. Instead of a plastic tube, thin electrical wires are used to transmit sounds into the ear.
Severe hearing loss can be treated with this hearing aid that boasts a custom fit for superior comfort. This comes down to its design, which is molded to the shape of the entrance to the ear canal. They can be color-matched to your skin tone for added discretion.
Another great option for those with severe hearing loss, these hearing aids are even more discreet than ITEs as they fit within the ear canal and are designed for easy insertion. Color-matching once again helps these hearing aids blend into the background. They work particularly well for those whose hearing ability is gradually but steadily decreasing.
When it comes to treating mild to moderate hearing loss, these hearing aids take discretion to a whole new level without compromising on ease of use. They are custom-made to snugly fit completely within the ear canal but can still be easily inserted and taken out thanks to a small and discreetly placed handle that sticks out the side.
It sounds hard to believe, but these really are practically invisible, which makes them ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing loss who are also image-conscious. As with CICs, they are custom-made to fit within the ear canal but sit further in, which makes them near impossible to spot when worn. They are a bit trickier to take out than CICs but users should ensure they do this every day to keep their hearing aids working at their best.
At Johnson Audiology we offer a range of modern hearing aids from leading brands. Book your hearing evaluation today and we’ll find you hearing aids that match your needs so you can enjoy healthy hearing from here on out.
Dr. Megan Johnson is the owner and licensed audiologist at Johnson Audiology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Western Carolina University, a master’s degree in audiology from the University of Tennessee, and her doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida.